Wednesday, October 30, 2013

MEDIA MONDAYS UAE - Dubai Media Industry Networking Event

Big success and huge Support !!!


Monday, 28 October, 2013
The Amphitheatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Great Job putting this event together and seeing all the excitement about the soon to be announced winner of the expo2020.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hello 2020 - Newletter n16 October 2013

The UAE’s bid to host World Expo 2020 in Dubai has captured the hearts and minds of a nation and in this issue we find a country galvanised in its support of the Dubai Expo 2020 campaign.

 Hello 2020 - Newsletter n16 October 2013

In this issue Subramanian Rangan, Professor of Strategy and Management at INSEAD, and an expert on globalisation, offers his own perspectives on the global significance of the Dubai Expo 2020 subthemes of Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity. Meanwhile, Patrick Awuah, founder of Ashesi University, explains how Dubai Expo 2020’s subtheme of Opportunity could positively impact emerging economies, and considers the particular benefits it could bring to young people worldwide. The unique opportunity presented by an Expo in Dubai is also explored in this issue’s Fact File. Here, we demonstrate the inspirational nature of the UAE’s bid, with its pledge to focus on themes that reflect global priorities, including a seven-year programme of collaborative innovation aimed at addressing those issues.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dubai Urban Art Wall Project...

...a tribute to UAE's bid to host the Expo 2020 in Dubai.

H.H. Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, Wife of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs announced the launch of 'Al Ydar' - which is an Urban Art Wall project that will transform the 140 metre long outward-facing wall of Dubai Ladies Club, along Jumeirah Beach Road, into a stunning community-focused mural. 

On this occasion, Sheikha Manal said, "In more recent times the urban art scene has emerged as a creative outlet for societies to express their identity and ideals. Al Ydar encompasses all of these values in a glorious artwork that will stand as a proud symbol of our nation's vision. Over the year, Al Ydar will display new collaborative works of urban and conceptual art, under specific themes. I look forward to witnessing the growth of this on-going project that will explore different subjects with every new display." She added, "Moreover, I am proud to note that the first edition of Al Ydar will serve as a fitting tribute to UAE's bid to host the Expo 2020 in Dubai. 

Al Ydar is a glorious demonstration of the UAE's will and fervour to successfully host yet another world-class cultural event such as Expo 2020." Al Ydar, the Dubai Urban Art Wall, entitled 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', brings together 9 UAE-based artists who are Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, founder and director of FN Designs, Rashid Abdalla Al Mulla, Matt Ryder, Mark Ganzon, Victoria Viray, Joseph Manata, Gian Juan, Katherine Wilson and Mohammed Hindash, a former winner of The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award. The project was commissioned by FN Designs on behalf of The Cultural Office. 

Al Ydar is divided into two sections, representing two side of Dubai - the heart and soul. The first section symbolises the heart through an illustration of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's poetry - 'Determination of the Youth', depicting images of the camel, which is the ship of the desert, and the mighty falcon, which is the national bird of UAE. 

Both are a symbol of force and courage. The art gradually begins to create scenes from nomadic desert life as a tribute to the tribe, which has been the principal building block of UAE society. Today, the seven Emirates have forged a distinct national identity combining the traditional with the modern, with the older generations teaching and passing on their knowledge to the younger generation. Finally, all of the elements are come together to reiterate the poetic words of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, "Bedouins in dry deserts lived a life of gruelling trials, The violent sea was their only source of living and survival." Further sending the message that regardless of our nations the extraordinary and ever-growing progress, the UAE people are still deeply connected to their roots that are the foundation for UAE values and traditions. 

The second section continues onwards under the theme of 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', taking the viewer into modern-day Dubai with a collage of imagery depicting our nations growth and success such as the Dubai skyline, a vision towards the future and the Arabian horse, which represents more than strength; it epitomises a constellation of noble values shared by community members as well: grace, endurance, friendship and gallantry. These powerful illustrations are finally summarised by one of the most renowned and potent phrases by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, "In the race for excellence there is no finish line." Al Ydar is one of many upcoming projects facilitated by The Cultural Office of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum which recently launched to established with the objective to activate and concentrate its efforts on providing a leading platform for talents in the field of arts and culture; further stabilising the position of the UAE as a country of inspiration and creativity. – Emirates New Agency, WAM – 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Dubai Expo 2020 Ambassadors... Huge Support !

Take a look to the Instagram Support Page of Dubai Expo 2020 Ambassadors !
Full of creativity, full of imagination, and often, full of art...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

All eyes on Dubai with 52 days to go

Nivriti Butalia /

“I’m Ali by the way, I’m ten and I live in the greatest city in the world – Dubai”; Anyone who has taken a flight into Dubai the past few months would have seen this four-minute long film in the in-flight entertainment. The film is a promo for Dubai. A bid to attract those 25 million visitors to the city for the 2020 World Expo; 25 million people – that is the estimated number.

 “I’m Ali by the way, I’m ten and I live in the greatest city in the world – Dubai”; Anyone who has taken a flight into Dubai the past few months would have seen this four-minute long film in the in-flight entertainment. The film is a promo for Dubai. A bid to attract those 25 million visitors to the city for the 2020 World Expo; 25 million people – that is the estimated number.

The promo film opens with a little boy, Ali, in a traditional white kandura, sitting on a boat with his father. Ali tells the story of how his father can hold his breath under water for over two minutes and dive – for fun. Ali’s grandfather though could hold his breath longer and dive – for work. And thus unfurls a story of the pearl divers of Dubai. Pearl-diving was a trademark for the Dubai of yesterday. The focus of Ali’s film is the progress made in the last 40 years by this Oasis city, the Dubai of today, somewhat removed from pearl-diving.

The immense support of social media is apparent. Locals are tweeting and re-tweeting articles and links about facts that make Dubai an ideal candidate for a host city. The Spanish football team, too, recently put in their vote for Dubai. A World Expo in Dubai in 2020 would be the first to be held in the Menasa (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) region.

Infrastructure wise, the already swank hotels are priming themselves. One of the busiest global transits the Dubai airport is getting a makeover.

Once the new Al Maktoum International Airport at the Dubai World Central in Jebel Ali is ready, it is slated to surpass records. With an eventual capacity of 160 million passengers per year, the airport will trump London Heathrow to become the largest in the world.

So when an article in the New York Times tipped its hat towards Dubai, there was much excitement online, with everyone sharing that piece. According to the NYT article: “Dubai, which would be the first host of a world’s fair in the Middle East, has emerged as the frontrunner, offering the most financial and governmental support.” The advantage Dubai has is evident in terms of its sheer geographic positioning, of it being from certain standpoints and quite literally, the centre of the world.

Representatives from the 167 member nations of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) cast their votes on November 27 to decide which city will host the 2020 World Expo.

Counting down from today, only 52 days are left until the vote.

The Dubai expo bid online has 37,382 followers. And the power of social media is all too apparent with the page having swung 632,262 Likes

Facebook shares, Twitter re-tweets and constant advertorial reminders of the city’s greatness apart, there is also a video testimony of Bill Gates’s support for Dubai.

“When I was a child,” says Gates, “I got to go to the world expo in 1962 in my hometown Seattle… there was lot of great technology there, was very inspirational… Expos let people see new innovation, gets people excited, participate in life, bring people together, get us dreamy and so expos are a great institution.”

He then states how the UAE is so far ahead in the global race: “UAE has taken its success and is willing to invest in new learning, new innovation – great to see that kind of long term approach is part of how its taking its success and becoming a hub for people from different regions”.

Acknowledging the power of social media Gates said: “The digital world is magical but I don’t think it’s going to replace meetings and expos – not anytime during my life time.”

Monday, October 7, 2013

The support of Renault Middle East to Expo 2020 Dubai

Hello 2020 - Newletter n15 September 2013

Welcome to September's Hello 2020. In this issue we highlight the exciting initiative launched by Dubai Expo 2020 that aims to unite the world's brightest minds in finding solutions to global challenges.

Expo Live, backed by the 100 million-euro Partnership Fund, will support projects of different sizes and scope to create significant progress within communities around the world.

Elsewhere, Dr Eduardo Behrentz, Founding Director of the Urban and Regional Sustainability Study Group of Bogota's Los Andes University, explains how the Dubai Expo bid's subthemes of Sustainability and Mobility could benefit Latin America's fast-growing urban population and why it is time to explore city transportation issues afresh.

We also learn how the UAE's unique geographic position and world-class infrastructure will draw people of all nations to its doors, while offering particular opportunities to those from the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) region.